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Old Time Radio Researchers GroupThe Harold Peary Show - Single Episodes

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The Harold Peary show made its CBS debut on September 9, 1950. An audition show was done on August 23, 1950. Harold Peary was the creator and main performer for the show.

Previously starring on The Great Gildersleeve, Peary took many of Gildy's characteristics along with him to his new Honest Harold character... the "dirty" laugh, singing songs, and closing dialogue over credits were all there with Harold. And that voice. Who could forget that voice? In simple terms, Peary couldn't or wouldn't sound and act differently enough to make listeners forget Gildy, and that made it very tough for the new show to fly. Perhaps the plot was a little creaky for the beginning of the Rock 'n' Roll era, as well.

The show was about an older, unmarried guy, Honest Harold Hemp, who lived with his mother and nephew and did a radio homemaker's program. The townsfolk think of him as somewhat of a celebrity, but his girlfriend, Gloria, who works at the station, knows better.

The series received undeserved negative ratings and general negative comments as there were just too many similarities between the two series. Also, the series was without a sponsor, although some of the last shows were sponsored by the US Armed Forces. The series lasted only one season.

The regular cast consisted of Harold Peary, Gloria Holiday, Peary’s wife, who played Gloria, Joseph Kearns as Old Doc ‘Yak Yak’ Yancy, Mary Jane Croft and Parley Baer. The announcer was Bob Lamond. The series was directed by Norman MacDonnell. Writers for the series were Harold Peary, Bill Danch, Jack Robinson and Gene Stone. Music was by Jack Meakin. The last show aired on June 13, 1951.

The director of the show was Norm MacDonnell, who went on to create perhaps the greatest old time radio show - Gunsmoke, and another western, Fort Laramie. Of course, Norm was a sold radio veteran who certainly had a flare for directing comedy, so he and Peary, together with an excellent cast, made The Harold Peary Show just about as good a show as it could be.

This audio is part of the collection: Old Time Radio
It also belongs to collection: Radio Programs

Artist/Composer: Old Time Radio Researchers Group
Keywords: OTRR; Old Time Radio Researchers Group; Old Time Radio; OTRR Single Episodes; The Harold Peary Show; Harold Peary Show, The; Honest Harold, the Homemaker; Comedy; Peary, Harold; Harold Peary; 1950s; 1950; 1951; OTRR - 2009-06

Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States



This is a production of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group located at Old Time Radio Researchers Website and the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.

If you are interested in preserving old time radio, you may wish to join the Old Time Radio Researchers Group at Yahoo.

This is the Single Episode Page. The Certified Set includes extras not found here. It is located at OTRR Certified Set. This page is provided in case you want to sample the shows.

Note that in many cases, file names have been modified from the original OTRR names to conform to naming requirements.

Relax, listen, and enjoy!

OTRR Definitions:

OTRR Certified Accurate -- A series that is Certified Accurate indicates that all the episodes are properly identified and labeled but that the series does not contain all known extant episodes.

OTRR Certified Complete -- A series that is Certified Complete is the highest level of certification available under the OTRR Certified Standards. This certification level implies that all the files in the series are Certified Accurate but also indicates that the series is as complete as possible – it includes all extant episodes.

OTRR Non-Certified -- A collection of shows that has not gone through the OTRR Certification process.

Individual Files

Whole Item FormatSize
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Audio Files 64Kbps MP3
Audition Show 14.9 MB 
Harold Loses His Job at the Radio Station 13.5 MB 
Plan to Rename Boomer Park 13.5 MB 
Advertising Shark Repellant Powder on the Radio Show 13.5 MB 
Harold Falls for a Chanteuse 13.5 MB 
The Runaway Boy 13.5 MB 
Harold's Campaign Speech 13.5 MB 
Harold Decides He Wants to Lose the Election 13.5 MB 
Cousin Raymond Visits 13.5 MB 
Getting a Job for Raymond 13.5 MB 
Thanksgiving Play 13.5 MB 
Harold Meets the Hummer 13.5 MB 
Harold Helps Raymond and Gloria Go to the Dance 13.5 MB 
Santa at the Children's Christmas Party 13.5 MB 
New Year's Barn Dance 13.5 MB 
Mrs O'Day's Warbleware Party 13.5 MB 
Harold Loses His Sponsor and Tries a New Show 13.5 MB 
Harold Thinks of Going to New York 13.5 MB 
Harold Gets Engaged - Twice 13.5 MB 
Civic Achievement Award 13.5 MB 
Harold's Mother Has a Suitor 13.5 MB 
Mistaken Valentines 13.5 MB 
Florabelle Returns 13.5 MB 
Willis Can't Pass the Physical 13.5 MB 
Red Cross Drive 13.5 MB 
Income Tax 13.5 MB 
Cousin Marvin Comes to Stay 13.5 MB 
Cousin Marvin's First Day of School 13.5 MB 
Modernizing Doc's Office 13.5 MB 
Harold Decides to Clean out the Cellar 13.5 MB 
Circus Day 13.5 MB 
Marvin's Gang 13.5 MB 
Harold and Mr Walker Vie for Class 13.5 MB 
Does Florabelle Have a New Lover 13.5 MB 
Marvin Is Invited to a Party 13.5 MB 
Harold Is Marshall for a Day 13.5 MB 
Peabody's Sister Takes over the Radio Station 13.5 MB 
Marvin Decides to Stay with Harold 13.5 MB 
Image Files JPEG JPEG Thumb
The Harold Peary Show 111.4 KB 
OTRR_Certified_Harold_Peary_Show_thumb.jpg 6.1 KB 
Information FormatSize
OTRR_Harold_Peary_Show_Singles_files.xml Metadata [file] 
OTRR_Harold_Peary_Show_Singles_meta.xml Metadata 5.6 KB 
OTRR_Harold_Peary_Show_Singles_reviews.xml Metadata 2.2 KB 
Other Files Archive BitTorrent Unknown
OTRR_Harold_Peary_Show_Singles_archive.torrent 30.1 KB 
OTRR_Harold_Peary_Show_Singles_rules.conf 7.0 B 

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Reviewer: EclipsespilcE - - June 4, 2010
Subject: Content: A+, Packaging: F
For all the good you guys do, preserving these priceless FAIL, MISERABLY to tag these properly.

Honestly, the album is the episode? Listed by date??? If you try to play these in order, it's a Clusterf#$k, no matter what device or OS. You can't even FIX the tag! For some reason, it is STUCK with the album being the date, and episode number. It F&*ks up any device, and makes listening to the episodes in order just about as difficult as it was for you to create this package.

Thanks, I could have done it myself...repackaging stuff already posted here on the archive...and I would have tagged them better as well.


This is what we call a permanent mistake, right?

One more time:


I've been searching the OTRR Website trying to find a way to HELP. I can research, tag, create packages etc... I'm an archivist for a major civil engineering company, and I think I can handle it. To whom should I address my request?
Reviewer: Lying Bunny - - June 2, 2010
Subject: That's all the thanks you get
Reviewer: old-time-radio - - December 14, 2009
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